Monthly Archive for: ‘November, 2009’

Combat the winter doldrums

photo by synaptic happenings The winter months can drag on. Holidays and utilities increase your expenses. Add that it’s cold and flu season, and it’s not uncommon to get the winter blahs. Before you go stircrazy for spring, prepare yourself with a few blah-busting tips. What frugal activities do you do during winter months? Here are a few suggestions. FOOD …

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Home alone for the holidays

photo by Lisa Sanderson Spending the holidays without family can be lonely. Festivities tend to focus on families being together. Maybe you’re alone for the holidays or are divorced and divide time with your ex-spouse. If you know you’ll be alone or with just your spouse and no other family, start planning now. If you’ve been alone for the holidays, …

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Black & Decker Energy Saver Series contest giveaway

This contest is now closed. Black & Decker has generously sponsored this Energy Saver Series contest giveaway.

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Contest giveaway: How To Survive (and perhaps thrive) On A Teacher’s Salary book

Danny Kofke has sponsored a copy of his book titled How To Survive (and perhaps thrive) On A Teacher’s Salary for this contest giveaway. This contest is now closed.

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PetSmart Contest winner

Congratulations to the lucky winner!

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Crowd-pleasing casseroles

photo by chispita666 Cooking a one-dish meal is the perfect way to escape the kitchen quickly. Clean up is a snap. The following recipes are made from simple ingredients. And with little prep work, you can fix it and forget it. They’ll make excellent leftovers, too. Pizza Casserole 2 cups spiral noodles 1 pound ground beef 1 jar pizza sauce …

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Trade in books for credit

photo by austinevan Whether it’s diluting dish soap to get the last drops or using free samples, use up items you have on hand before purchasing something new. This is a way of life in our household. I’m happy to share a few reader-submitted tips for using what you already have or are doing without. BOOK TRADE-IN: We’ve gathered used …

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Chicken Adobo: Sweet and savory budget meal

photo by dbgg1979 Chicken Adobo is one of my favorite ways to make chicken. It’s tender, sweet and savory and a great way to use those cheaper dark cuts of chicken, but you can also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Leftovers are wonderful used as tangy chicken-salad sandwiches by just chopping them up and mixing them with mayonnaise. This authentic …

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Create a registry for money gifts

photo by foldsomething DEAR SARA: Is there an online fund-type account for a baby shower? I am a single woman who is adopting, and I’ve been using Freecycle like crazy, so I have a lot of stuff such as a crib, changing table, bouncer, diaper genie, swing, highchair, tub, etc. I do plan to register for some stuff I need, …

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Use clamp hangers for more than pants

photo by goldberg Pants hangers have multiple uses in your home. You can use them to clip a printed recipe to keep it off the kitchen counter when preparing it. Simply hang it from the cabinet handle. Or use them to display children’s artwork. The first tip shares a few additional ways to use pant hangers. MULTIUSE HANGERS: I have …

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Cut back on products you don’t need

photo by cherryfluff As a society, we’re fortunate — so much so that we’ve become gluttonous. Wants and needs have become blurred. We’ve become conditioned to believe we need many things. Some people might even think chocolate is a food group. But in all seriousness, we’ve forgotten that we live in the land of options. Modern life is different from …

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Safeguard your purse when shopping

photo by Le petit poulailler With the holidays approaching, there are a lot of people carrying cash and valuables when out shopping. Often, people are dressed up, in a hurry and not paying attention. This offers increased opportunities for thieves, so it’s important to take some precautions. If someone is determined to take your purse or wallet, they will. But …

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